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This Flash update creates animation with more cooperation than ever from other Adobe applications.

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The interface of Flash CS3 more closely resembles the other Adobe applications.

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In Flash CS3, you can freely move around various tools and libraries.

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Being able to import Photoshop and Illustrator files--and accept or reject each layer in the process--is a boon in Flash CS3.

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We copied a selection from Fireworks, went to Flash, and selected Paste. This dialog box walked us through importing the image as either a layer or a movie frame.

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The introduction of Shape Primitive tools lets you alter shapes, such as making a rectangle's corners curvy.

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The new Pen tool within Flash CS3 is similar to the one for drawing in Illustrator.

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You can drag prebuilt components, such as buttons, directly onto the stage.

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Flash CS3 uses the new ActionScript 3, which the Mozilla Firefox browser will support in the future without requiring any installation.

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There's a new debugger in Flash CS3.

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When importing video content, Flash CS3 steps you through encoding to the FLV format.

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During import, you can crop, add cue points, and pick a skin that viewers will see when playing the video. The rebuilt Flash Video Encoder performs batch processing.

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Now you can export a Flash animation as a QuickTime movie that renders the same way as Adobe Flash Player would render it.

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Adobe Device Central CS3 lets you preview how Flash animation will look and work (or not) on various smart phones and PDAs.

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